International recognition for Craigieburn Library

Hume City Council’s Craigieburn Library has been named International Public Library of the Year at a prestigious awards ceremony in France overnight.

The library, located within the Hume Global Learning Centre–Craigieburn, beat libraries in England, The Netherlands and Denmark to take out the inaugural International Public Library of the Year 2014 by the Danish Agency for Culture.

The award, sponsored by Danish firm Schmidt Hummer Lassen Architects, was announced at the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions congress in Lyon, France.

The award has been established as part of the Danish Agency for Culture’s ‘Model Programme for Public Libraries’ which aims to generate new ideas about how the design of public libraries can change to meet the changing needs of today’s society.

Hume Mayor Councillor Casey Nunn said Hume’s Libraries provided a valued community service and the accolade was testament to Council’s ongoing investment in community learning.

"I am incredibly proud that Craigieburn Library has been awarded International Public Library of the Year 2014 from an international shortlist of first-class libraries," Cr Nunn said.

The $17 million Hume Global Learning Centre-Craigieburn, designed by architect Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp, provides a range of services under one roof – including the Craigieburn Library, an exhibition gallery, occasional care program, café, Council’s Craigieburn Customer Service Centre, and a training and conference facility.

"The Craigieburn Library provides a learning space that is full of natural light and houses an expanded collection of more than 60,000 items.

"It is fully equipped with the latest in technology including free access to public computers with internet access, Wi-Fi, gaming consoles and large television screens.

"Hume’s libraries have been recognised not only for design excellence but for delivering exceptional services to our community."

In May 2014, Hume Libraries were named Australia’s Favourite Library Service, after a nation-wide search and voting through the Australian Library and Information Association.

The venue has a floor area of over 4,000 square metres, spread over two levels.

In awarding Craigieburn Library the top honours the committee of judges concluded:

"The facility distinguishes itself as a significant modern construction with a strong, recognisable architectural concept .... with its open and flexible space, the library creates a democratic meeting place, open to diversity and interaction (and) is a good example of how Hume City has used a library to create a sense of belonging for all demographic groups as both a learning centre and a gathering place for the city."

The Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects – Public Library of the Year Award was judged on the following six criteria:

• How it involves the public and users;

• Accessibility and interplay with surroundings;

• Flexible functions that are adapted to user desires;

• Architectural quality;

• Digital communication in the building; and

• The architecture’s interplay with local culture.


For more details on the award visit http://www.kulturstyrelsen.dk/english/news/the-best-new-public-library-of-the-year-is-australian/

For more information of Hume Libraries visit http://www.humelibraries.vic.gov.au/

Fast facts

- Annually Hume libraries receive over 527,000 library visits and borrow more than 992,000 items

- Hume’s libraries have a membership of 59.1% of the municipality which is well above the Victorian state average of 49.1%.


Updated : 2:42 PM, 18 August 2014

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